About the Author

Patrick Campanale


When I’m not working on building custom computers or fixing phones, I love to write about technology. I’m always looking out for the best deal on any tech I can get my hands on, so one day I decided, “Why not write about it?!” You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @pcamp96, though I’m way more active on Twitter. If you’ve got a tip to an awesome deal, go ahead and drop me a line at patrick@9to5mac.com!

Patrick Campanale's Favorite Gear


Boil water in a snap w/ this 1L Electric Kettle for $26 shipped on Amazon

Amazon offers the Bonavita 1.0L Electric Kettle Featuring Gooseneck Spout for $25.84 shipped. Regularly up to $35, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked and is the best available. If you love making coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate but hate using conventional methods of heating water like the stove or microwave, this is a great alternative. Rated 4/5 stars from hundreds.

In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: You can save $160 on a refurbished iPhone X, Apple’s 27-inch 5K Retina iMac gets $250 discount at B&H, the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 256GB is $400 off, more…

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Acer’s Chromebook 15 is a great value for college students at $299 shipped (Reg. $400)

Amazon offers the Acer Chromebook 15 with 1.1GHz/4GB/32GB for $299 shipped. Also at Best Buy. Regularly $400, Staples charges $310 in refurbished condition and this is the lowest that we’ve tracked at Amazon. If you need a Chromebook for the upcoming school semester, this is a great option that will keep going all day and still have some juice left over for evening Facebook or YouTube watching. Rated 4.6/5 stars at Best Buy.

AmazonBasics 65L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack is within cents of its low at $39

Amazon offers its 65L AmazonBasics Internal Frame Hiking Backpack with Rainfly for $38.98 shipped. Regularly $65, this is within cents of its all-time low and is the best available. If you plan on going hiking this summer, this backpack can store it all and has built-in framing to keep it upright. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Save up to $500 on LG’s 4K HDR Dolby Atmos 5.1.2-Ch. Soundbars starting at $399

BuyDig offers the LG SK10Y 5.1.2-Channel Hi-Res Audio Soundbar with Dolby Atmos (SK10Y) for $499 shipped when code TDL188 is used at checkout. At 50% off the regular price that Best Buy or Amazon charges, this matches our last mention dollar-discount wise (though the last sale included a Google Home Mini.) If you’ve been looking for a high-end audio setup for your home theater, this Dolby Atmos-certified kit is a great starting point. Rated 4/5 stars at Best Buy.

July 20

Shark’s Powered Lift-Away Vacuum drops to $165 at Amazon (Reg. $250)

Amazon offers the Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum (NV803) for $164.99 shipped. Matched at aSavings eBay Daily Deals. Regularly around $250 at Amazon, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked outside of a limited eBay deal and is the best available. With its lift-away functionality, you can leave the heavy head that has the rollers and brushes behind as you clean the house. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Acer’s Predator Triton 700 has a GTX 1080, 32GB RAM, 120Hz, more: $2,299 (Reg. $2,600)

Amazon offers the Acer Predator Triton 700 with 2.8GHz i7/32GB/512GB/GTX 1080 GPU for $2,299 shipped. Regularly $2,700, this is a 15% price reduction and the first drop we’ve tracked. If you want a high-end gaming machine, look no further. This laptop sports NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 graphics card, a whopping 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of ultra-fast NVMe storage, all backed with a quad-core i7. Alongside all of that you get a 15.6-inch 120Hz G-SYNC display to make sure you can game at the highest level. Though ratings are light here, early reviews are great and Acer is a well-trusted company on Amazon.

Score the highly-rated HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset at its lowest this year: $65 (Reg. $80)

Amazon offers the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset at $64.87 shipped. Regularly $80, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked this year and is the best available. If you have a PC, PS4, Xbox, or Switch this is an awesome headset to help you dominate any game. Rated 4/5 stars from thousands.

UltraWide is the new 16×9 when it comes to monitors, but some companies take it to the extreme. Both Samsung and Philips offer a 32:9 49-inch monitor (behemoth, insanity, call it whatever you like), and that’s just too wide. While I love my 21:9 35-inch UltraWide monitor, I’ve been wanting something slightly larger, but not quite as large as the Samsung or Philips 49-inch offering.

Well, Samsung now makes a 32:10 43-inch curved monitor and that seems slightly more manageable. Though the previous Samsung 49-inch was locked at a 1080p resolution, this new 43-inch offering has a slightly higher pixel density with a 3840×1200 resolution. With this higher resolution, a built-in KVM switch, a 120Hz refresh rate, and more, could Samsung’s 43-inch C43J89 be my next monitor?

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Google’s original Pixel smartphone starts at $200 refurb or $300 new for a limited time

Woot is offering Google’s original Pixel smartphone in refurbished condition starting at $199.99 Prime shipped. Not a Prime member? A $5 shipping charge will be added to your cart at checkout. If you’d rather avoid a refurbished unit, then Woot also has a brand-new Pixel starting at $299.99 Prime shipped. Originally $650, depending on the color you pick some trusted sellers at Amazon ask up to around $400 in new condition. This is a great price if you need a backup phone or it’s time to upgrade. The refurbished unit comes with a 90-day warranty. Learn more about the Pixel in our hands-on review.

Save on Sabrent USB 3.0/3.1 to SATA adapters starting at $5 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $25)

Store4PC (99% positive lifetime feedback) offers a number of Sabrent SATA to USB adapters on sale starting at $5 Prime shipped when you use code 455PIIOV at checkout. Our favorite is the USB 3.1 to SATA adapter for $6.87 when the code is used. Regularly around $13, this is the lowest we’ve tracked by far and is the best available. If you have some SATA drives to get data off of, this makes it easy and convenient without using large docks or installing it into your computer. Rated 4.6/5 stars from thousands. Be sure to use the above code for all products.

Vudu $5 HDX: Die Hard collection, Predators, Predator 2, Roboshark, more

VUDU brings its latest $5 weekend HDX movie sale with nearly 100 titles to choose from. Our favorite from the sale is Die Hard for $4.99. Also matched at Amazon. Regularly $8 at iTunes, this is a cult-classic for Bruce Willis fans and a must-have Christmas movie. Whether you’ve seen Die Hard before or not, this is a great addition to any movie collection. Rated 4.7/5 stars. Head below for more of our top picks or check out the entire sale here.

LG’s Gram laptop packs a quad-core i7/256GB SSD at just over 2-Lbs. $1,196 (Reg. $1,400)

Amazon offers the LG Gram 1.8GHz i7/8GB/256GB for $1,196.99 shipped. Matched at B&H. Regularly $1,400 at Amazon, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked and is the best available. The LG Gram is known as one of the lightest laptops on the market weighing in at just over 2 pounds, which is insane for a 13.3-inch device that packs a quad-core processor. Ratings here are still rolling in, but the LG Gram is well-reviewed overall.

See who’s at the door w/ Zmodo’s Greet Pro 1080p Video Doorbell: $135 (25% off)

Amazon offers the Zmodo Greet Pro 1080p Video Doorbell Security Camera for $134.99 shipped. Regularly $180, this is a match of its all-time low and is the best available. If you’ve been looking for a way to know who’s at the door and communicate with them while away from home, this is a great and budget-friendly solution. Rated 3.8/5 stars.

Start your 802.11ac mesh home network w/ Tenda Nova at only $52.50 shipped (Reg. $70)

Amazon offers the Tenda Nova MW6 802.11ac Whole-Home Wi-Fi One-Pack for $52.58 shipped. Regularly around $70, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked and is the best available. We’ve yet to see the single unit go on sale until now, as generally, we see the higher-priced 3-packs get discounted. If you already have a Tenda network or are looking to start, this is a great opportunity. I have the Tenda Nova system at home and it functions fantastically for a budget-focused mesh system. With Apple discontinuing its AirPort networking lineup, this is a great budget-friendly alternative. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Roll down the boardwalk w/ these unique longboards for $42 shipped (30% off)

Amazon offers the Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard in multiple colors for $41.99 shipped. At a 30% discount from its going rate, this is one of the best deals we’ve tracked and Amazon’s all-time low on a number of options. If you live in a city where there are long streets and sidewalks galore, longboards can be a blast. Cruising up and down the sidewalk of a beach or through city streets is always a great time. Rated 4.6/5 stars from hundreds.

July 19

expiredPioneer 5.1-Ch. 4K HDR AirPlay Receiver + Dolby Atmos Speakers: $449 (Reg. $630)

BuyDig offers the AirPlay-enabled Pioneer 5.1-Channel Slim 4K HDR Audio/Video Receiver (VSX-S520) with a pair of Dolby Atmos Bookshelf Speakers (SP-BS22A-LR) for $449 shipped. Separately, the receiver runs closer to $400 at Amazon and speakers around $230. This bundle matches the all-time low combined price of the receiver and speakers and is the best available. If you’ve been looking at a way to get up-and-going quick with your home theater, this is a fantastic option. The receiver is rated 3.8/5 stars and the speakers received a 4.6/5 star review.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro is a fantastic console. I bought mine late last year and play it almost daily (when I’m not rebuilding my entire entertainment center…) Well, Sony being Sony, the company is releasing a special edition Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Pro in celebration of the upcoming release of the game. Costing no more than the regular PS4 Pro, this is a must-have for die-hard Spider-Man and Marvel fans alike.

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Dyson’s high-end hair dryer gets discounted to $220 shipped (Refurb, Orig. $400)

Dyson’s official outlet eBay storefront offers its HD01 Supersonic Hair Dryer for $219.99 shipped in refurbished condition when code PRIMO is used at checkout. Originally $400, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked and is the best available. If you’ve been looking for a high-end “supersonic” hair dryer, this is a great option. Dyson is known for its fans and machines that move loads of air with small form factors. Rated 4/5 stars at Amazon. A 12-month warranty is included with purchase.

Enjoy a cooler sleep w/ this gel memory foam pillow at $24 Prime shipped

Update 7/19 @ 8:28 PM: Today only, Woot is offering a selection of Simmons Curv 3″ Gel Mattress Toppers in most bed sizes starting at $52.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $100+). Non-Prime members will have $5 added to their cart for shipping. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Amazon offers the Classic Brands Reversible Cool Gel Memory Foam Double-Sided Pillow for $24 Prime shipped. Regularly closer to $35, this is the lowest we’ve tracked in several months and is the best available. If you have trouble sleeping at night due to a pillow that’s too warm, this is a great and budget-friendly solution. I have owned this pillow since early 2017, and another similar one before it, and I literally have trouble sleeping without it. Rated 3.8/5 stars from over 1,300 Amazon shoppers.

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